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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Concert Review of the Moment: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Monte Carlo, Monaco - August 7, 2014

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
2014-07-10, Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
Photo by John Mauchline
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The Concert Review of the Moment is from Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Monte Carlo, Monaco on August 7, 2014 by piertho:
Neil Young & Crazy Horse in the land of superficiality and appearance would have been considered kind of anachronistic... Staff of the Sporting Club and especially valet parking people were quite a little surprized to see old fans and normal people with low profile cars like my Renault Clio 2006 model crowding toward the "Salle des Etoiles" together with jet-setters in Lamborghini and yuppies on vacation.

Indeed just 900 people could get inside this small place, so everybody has to stand, and monitoring the ability to see Neil and the band was easy. I was so lucky, he was just 5 meters in front of me during a little bit more than 2 Hours. Also very bizarre but well received by many was the very cheap price (80 Euros) for one of the most expensive spot in the world.

Sound was excellent although a little bit cruder than, for example, in Cork where balance reached perfection. High volume, probably 110-115 db at his max, how can he manage that volume ? No earplugs for Neil and Poncho and Rick and Ralph. Awesome versions of Barstool Blues, Light of Love and Rockin in the Free Word. Old Black sounded like it should : a bomber jet in the thunderstorm with such a devastating feedback. Male yuppies and jet-setters were stunned, less more arrogant than an hour ago. Acoustic set : I saw a lady beside me crying. My friend Pierre blocked his mobile phone to send Heart of Gold to his girlfriend Astrid who has to stay home.

Neil was a little bit reserved at the beginning because indeed he understood that a number of people there were not here for grunge/garage/heavy sounds. After a bare 20 minutes, yuppies and jet-setters realized that he would not change a single note of what he had decided to do. And one more miracle happened : giant thrills emerged from the whole audience, young, old, rich, poor, beautiful people, ugly people, lawyers, doctors, middle-class workers, social slaves… At the end, Neil, very talkative, congratulated all the Monaco girls for their beauty with a large smile !

Local newspaper the morning after stated that although most of the people there probably could not get most of the messages Neil send, they surely realized that he offered the Sporting in Monaco one of his legendary concert.
Thanks piertho! We had figured this concert might be on the bizarre side. How did you do at the craps table??? ;)

Lastly, a superb Cortez. Great audio but weird video angle.

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At 8/09/2014 06:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

900 people? Man, I am so envious.
the cancelled capitol theater show woulda been like, what 1500?
forever younger

At 8/09/2014 09:48:00 PM, Blogger w san jose CA said...

19 years ago Jerry Garcia is dead. 2 years ago Crazy Horse plays Harveys in South Lake.

At 8/09/2014 10:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanxs for the Fox news conspiracy theory update.....
good to know the medical ganja is @ full potency in yer neck o the hood.

At 8/10/2014 08:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was just an horrible atmophere !
lot of people without interet for the music just for said "i was there" and drink champagne on the terrasse; lot of russian barbie girls...not very rock'n'roll...8€ (10$) for One beer... but it's Monaco... i was not there for the people, so i'am happy to saw NY&CH again. it's true the configuration was intimist but too jetset for me;
The set list was traditional, sound not very good, Neil stoped barstool blues 'cause Ralph was not in rythm: he said : "Ralph ? 1, 2 ,3 4".
and i realy like Rick the bass player (incredible on living with war-album !!!) but Crazy Horse is better with Billy, the best bass-back vocal in the world. I hope Billy is ok...
Not my best concert

At 8/11/2014 01:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Capitol Theatre has an 1,800 seat capacity. What a great place to see Neil and the Horse! Shame that they never rescheduled those shows...

At 8/11/2014 01:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what to do if you don't have a Google account (and don't want one)? I'd rather not post anonymously, and the other options don't work for me either (I don't have a website or URL).
Thrasher, please advise!
thanks, Gus Mozart


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